New XC Series Redefines Open-Face Helmet Design and Function Offers more facial coverage without sacrificing traditional open feel.
The new XC series of open-face helmets: yet another example of Arai's decades-long tradition of the improving on what works, not simply change for the sake of unproven change. Arai changes are functional. Our design intent has always been singular and unbroken: a better helmet with better protection and performance for the riders who chose it.
This series presents a major improvement: nothing short of redefining how open-face helmets can look and protect. The most telling feature is the extended coverage in the lower jaw - cheekpad area - extending 1 3/16" forward compared to its previous - and traditional - open-face 3/4 helmets. The look itself is advanced. Someone at Arai has compared it to that of "an ancient Greek warrior's helmets with jaw extension. Definitely cool. But like everything we do, our primary objective is to build a better helmet."
Technically, that means providing a measure of lower-jaw protection that's been missing from previous open-face helmets that leave that part of the face exposed.